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penn 25 monofil in the surf

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i bought a penn 25 a while back, on ebay for $4.biggrin.gif So far it has been a good reel despite the step costwink.gif. I have only used it for trolling in a kayak, and really that's it. I want to get it powdercoated and cleaned up so i can use it in the surf.What I am wondering is has anyone doe this with this reel before? also it has not seen to much abuse by be yet, and the guy i bought it from, cleaned up and replaced some of the reels guts so, how is it with the salt?

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I have a 525 on my chunking rod. Spooled with 25lb sufix mono. Magnets turned to fast, launches 6oz of lead with a bunker head with no problems. Has enough stopping power for a decent fish. You will just need to get used to level winding with your thumb while fighting a fish. Only drawback is; if you spike your rod, the clicker sucks. Using it for 3 years now wiht out any problems.

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What is with so many folks getting old Penn BOAT REELS and wanting to use them in the surf?

 

Unless you are going to troll a clambrella, that is.

 

If you love slow retrieve, backlashes, weak drags, no parts, and a reels that are a pain in the @$$ to take apart and put back together, get a newer reel made for casting.

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View PostWhat is with so many folks getting old Penn BOAT REELS and wanting to use them in the surf?

 

Unless you are going to troll a clambrella, that is.

 

If you love slow retrieve, backlashes, weak drags, no parts, and a reels that are a pain in the @$$ to take apart and put back together, get a newer reel made for casting.

 

Oops, your right, boat reel. OP wanted to know about a 25, I thought he said 525redface.gifredface.gifredface.gif

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View PostWhat is with so many folks getting old Penn BOAT REELS and wanting to use them in the surf?

 

Unless you are going to troll a clambrella, that is.

 

If you love slow retrieve, backlashes, weak drags, no parts, and a reels that are a pain in the @$$ to take apart and put back together, get a newer reel made for casting.

 

i have used my old surfmasters and a squidder in the surf w/o problems. is this any different?

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Very different. The Monofil is a small boat reel and it might be older then the Sufmaster and Squidder.

 

The cost of getting this reel powdercoated is more then it would cost to buy a genuine made-for-surf surf reel. Why bother? Keep it well lubricated - overgreased, even, on the gears - and clean it often, and it'll do well enough for the kayak.

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Thanks for all the comments guys. I asked beacsue,I was planning on buying a squall, but i figured if i could make my 4 dollar reel work, i would. Looks like i will be buying the squall anyway.tongue.gif

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The Penn 25 was introduced around 1955 or therabouts, so it's not older than a Squidder or Surfmaster. But it is a boat/pier reel. Not typically used for casting but you could cast it. In fact, the catalog describes it as "an especially smooth-casting reel with substantial line capacity". When I was a kid, I used a similar reel (the no. 9) and cast it all the time. There are better choices available for a casting reel though. That being said, it is still a good reel. No need to powder coat it or anything like that. It's a saltwater reel. And it's a Penn, from when Penn was Penn.

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The penn 25 is basically the 155, the 26 the 160, and the 27 the 180. With a plastic (or aluminum) spool they should cast just fine. The ones w/red or brown sideplates are a nice change from penn black.

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